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Living With Nature Monthly Program

Join us for another season of free monthly programs to entertain, inform and educate. Invited speakers present topics related to bird biology and ecology, global and regional birding hot spots, and conservation issues that affect birds and their habitats. Program locations in Tucson, Green Valley and Oro Valley, the latter program begins in 2018. Bookmark for updated talk details and speaker biographies. Do you have ideas for future Living with Nature topics and speakers? Contact Katie Brown, events coordinator at or call 520-629-0510 x 7012.

GREEN VALLEY   first Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., October through April 2018
Venue: Green Valley Recreation’s Desert Hills Social Center, 2980 Camino Del Sol, Green Valley, AZ 85622 See map

Saturday, February 3
Counting Cuckoos – Three Years Searching the Sky Islands
Secretive and often hunkered down motionlessly behind dense foliage, the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo is not easy to detect unless you hear its loud “Kowlp” call.’ – National Parks Service

Join Tucson Audubon’s bird conservation biologist, Jennie MacFarland, as she talks about her experiences and discusses new data gathered by Tucson Audubon’s team of staff and volunteer surveyors who have also hunkered down motionless behind dense foliage to spot the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Jenny spoke on this subject at the Friends of Tucson Audubon Society’s annual membership event, if you missed her fun and informative talk here is another chance. 

TUCSONThursday 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Venue:  REI Tucson, 160 W Wetmore Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705 map
See REI’s website to register as we expect this talk to be popular

Monday, February 12
Arizona Climate, Past, Present and Future
with UA’s Dr. Mike Crimmins
Despite its notoriety as a dusty and dry place, Arizona possesses an exceptional diversity in landscapes and vegetation. Major changes in the global climate system directly impact Arizona’s complex climate. This talk explores historical patterns and mechanisms driving climate variability across Arizona and how they may be impacted in a changing climate. Dr. Crimmins is Associate Professor & Extension Specialist on the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science faculty at the University of Arizona  Extension. Photo credit: Mike Crimmins

ORO VALLEY –  Saturdays, Noon to 1 p.m.
WNPA Western National Parks Association 12880 N Vistoso Village Dr., Oro Valley, AZ 85755 See map  
Seat Registration (opens one week before) Telephone: 520-622-6014

Saturday, February 17
The Exciting Nightlife of Bats
presented by Karen Krebbs

An amazing and unique nocturnal mammal – how has the bat become so successful as a predator and a pollinator?

There are more than 1,100 species of bats occurring worldwide and, as an important part of our ecosystems, bats deserve our respect and admiration. Echolocation allows a bat to fly in total darkness to locate, chase, and capture flying insects. Bridges and other human structures become  important roost habitat for many species of bats, and nectar-feeding bats travel to southeastern Arizona annually to pollinate columnar cactus and succulents.
Our presenter, Karen Krebbs, has studied bats for more than 30 years, working initially with the Arizona-Sonoran Desert museum and, now independently, as author, animal-handler trainer, and bat researcher. You will find Karen’s passion for these mighty mammals is contagious! A live bat guest will be presented to us at the end of this talk. Photo credit:Robert .H. Buecher


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